Fall Colors in the Tualatin Valley

Cooper Mountain Nature Park taken 10/13/2014

Cooper Mountain Nature Park taken 10/13/2014

Oregon relishes nature’s colorful transitions, with autumn in the Tualatin Valley serving as a prime example. The Tualatin Valley is just minutes from downtown Portland and is home to some of the area’s best farms, wineries and nature parks. Unsurprisingly, this rich landscape is abundant with the earthy golds, oranges, reds and browns of the changing season. If your heart tugs for a weekend escape—something that feels totally different than the city life—then head to Oregon’s Washington County in the Tualatin Valley for a burst of color and fall fun.

For a joy ride through spectacular fall foliage, take a drive down the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 60-mile driving route through Washington County’s bucolic rural areas. While on the route, you’ll see the bright fruits of summer being outgrown by the jewel-toned crops of fall, with hues of barn red apples to earthy orange pumpkins to deep amethyst eggplants. The trees along the route boldly display colors of green, yellow, orange and bright red, which softly rustle against the wind that blows from the Oregon coast range air (making for optimal scarf-wearing weather). Continue reading

Fall Colors are Just Around the Corner

We are less than a month away from the official start of the 2013 Oregon Fall Foliage season. Beginning Labor Day 2013, we’ll post weekly updates on the how the leaves are changing around the state.

A vineyard along the Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

A vineyard along the Vineyard and Valley Tour Route

In the meantime, check out some great posts from previous years. Read about our favorite fall hikes. Find out why Oregon Wine Country shines during the fall. Search for scenic fall foliage on one of our favorite fall drives.

Check out the most frequently asked questions about Oregon Fall Foliage on our FAQ page.sweet-creek-trailJoin the leaf peeping fun by sending us your favorite fall pictures. Get the kids involved. We’re always looking for junior leaf reporters.

And if you have a great fall adventure idea, e-mail us at media@eugenecascadescoast.org.